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Chancengleichheit und Bildungsförderung durch elementarpädagogische Beobachtungsarbeit. Die Systeme in Österreich und im Vereinigten Königreich im Vergleich
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project background:The Bildungsanstalt für Kindergartenpädagogik Sacré Coeur Pressbaum (Higher Vocational School for Nursery Education of the Sacred Heart, Pressbaum) has been taking part in EU mobility projects (Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus+) over the last years and, due to former participants’ positive feedback on such projects, is eager to organize an Erasmus+ project. The focus will be put on participants’ placements in English nursery schools as well as on their improvement in English as a foreign language (including English for nursery school teachers). The positive feedback we have received from the Austrian National Agency for Lifelong Learning motivated us to apply for another project. We have been trying to react to the suggestions the agency has made to improve our project.Project goals:The participants should be prepared to apply the so-called Austrian “Bildungskompass” (i.e., a pedagogical tool focusing on the observation of children and aiming at monitoring a child’s individual learning process) , that will be introduced and will have to be used in Austrian nursery schools in September 2016. This kind of monitoring has been part of the English nursery school system for years, which is why the participants’ placements will certainly contribute to make them familiar with this tool. Overall, this EU-funded project shall be part of the European transfer of knowledge and an exchange of information across borders. Number and profile of participants:The 40 participants are attending a higher vocational school with didactics and nursery school education being key areas of training. The school also focuses on training teachers in after-school care and in early childhood education. In the year of the intended mobility (2017) the participants will attend third grade and will be aged around 17. In the first two grades, they spend two hours a week in placements and from third grade onwards, they spend a day a week in placements including two week-long additional placements. Step by step, the participants are made familiar with the duties of fully-qualified nursery school teachers, they learn to offer learning opportunities to children as well as planning, reflecting and analysing a wide range of situations in nursery school. We deem them as young professionals who are well suitable for placements in England. The participants will be accompanied by three teachers in the areas of didactics (to support the participants in the placements) and English language teaching (to support them in the language intensive course).Activities:Divided into small groups, the participants will spend 30 hours in placements and 30 hours in language courses. In their placements, the participants will offer learning opportunities to children in various competencies (literacy, music, games, creativity, movement) and will practice supporting the daily routine in nursery schools. By the help of tasks set to prepare for the placements in England, the participants will analyse the framework as defined in the goals and will reflect upon their results in the post-learning phase.Carrying out the project:Due to past EU mobility projects, the staff at Sacré Coeur has acquired know-how on carrying out such projects. In a well-tried system, the participants will be prepared by their teachers in inter-disciplinary lessons. In England, carrying out the project is supported by our long-time partner, who organizes the placements as well as the language intensive course.(Long-term) Effects:The aforementioned “Bildungskompass” will be introduced in Austria in autumn 2016, the mobility is intended for spring 2017. Thus the project focuses on a new and innovative field in Elementary Pedagogy. The project enables our students to become ‘early adopters’, which makes them disseminators of a new idea, giving them an advantage over competitors on the regional, national and international job market in their specialist field.
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